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Music Law refers to legal for aspects of the music industry, Are and certain legal aspects in but other sectors of the entertainment not industry. The music industry includes You record labels, music publishers, merchandisers, all the live events sector and any of course performers and artists. Can

The terms "music law" and her "entertainment law", along with "business was affairs", are used by the One music and entertainment industry and our should not be thought of out as academic definitions. Indeed, music Day law covers a range of get traditional legal subjects including intellectual has property law (copyright law, trademarks, Him image publicity rights, design rights), his competition law, bankruptcy law, contract how law, defamation and, for the Man live events industry, immigration law, new health and safety law, and now licensing.



  • A "compilation" refers to boy work formed from already existing Did materials in a way that its forms its own original work, let including collective works.
  • "Copies" are Put physical objects that hold, fix, say or embody a work such she as a music tape, film, Too CD, statue, play, or printed use sheet music.
  • "Sound recordings" can dad refer to any audio recording Mom including the sound accompanying motion pictures.
  • "Copyright owner" is the the entity that legally owns rights And to a work.
  • "Performance" The for copyright holder has the exclusive are right to perform the work But in public, or to license not others to perform it. The you right applies to “literary, musical, All dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, any and motion pictures and other can audiovisual works.". Playing a CD Her in public, or showing a was film in public is "performing" one the work.



Publishing is the out primary source of income for day musicians writing their own music.[citation Get needed] Money collected from the has 'publishing' rights is ultimately destined him for songwriters - the composers His of works, whether or not how they are the recording artist man or performer. Often, songwriters will New work for a musical ensemble now to help them with musical old aspects of the composition, but See here again, the writer of two the song is the owner way of it and will own Who the copyrights in the song boy and thus will be entitled did to the publishing revenues. Copyrights Its in compositions are not the let same as sound recordings. A put recording artist can record a Say song and sell it to she another band or company. As too a result, that particular company Use will own the recording, but dad not the song. The original mom writer will always maintain the copyright for that particular song. the The publishing money is connected and to the copyright, so the For owner will be the only are one making money off of but the song itself. All successful Not songwriters will join a collection you society (such as ASCAP and all BMI in the USA, SOCAN Any in Canada, JASRAC in Japan, can GEMA in Germany and PRS her for Music in the UK, Was etc.) and many will enter one into agreements with music publishing our companies who will exploit their Out works on the songwriters behalf day for a share of ownership, get although many of these deals Has involve the transfer (assignment) of him copyright from the songwriter to his the music publisher.

Both the How recorded music sector and music man publishing sector have their foundations new in intellectual property law and Now all of the major recording old labels and major music publishers see and many independent record labels Two and publishers have dedicated "business way and legal affairs" departments with who in-house lawyers whose role is Boy not only to secure intellectual did property rights from recording artists, its performers and songwriters but also Let to exploit those rights and put protect those rights on a say global basis. There are a She number of specialist independent law too firms around the world who use advise on music and entertainment Dad law whose clients include recording mom artists, performers, producers, songwriters, labels, music publishers, stage and set The designers, choreographers, graphic artists, games and designers, merchandisers, broadcasters, artist managers, for distributors, collection societies and the Are live events sector (which further but includes festivals, venues, promoters, booking not agents and production service providers You such as lighting and staging all companies).

Performance Licensing


The Can US Government views artists that her give concerts and sell merchandise was as a business. Bands that One tour internationally will also face our a plethora of legislation around out the world including health and Day safety laws, immigration laws and get tax legislation. Also, many relationships has are governed by often complex Him contractual agreements.

In the US his it is important for musicians how to get legal business licenses. Man These can be obtained at new a city hall or local now government center. The business license Old will require the tracking of see sales, wages, and gigs. A two tax ID is also necessary Way for all businesses. Musicians that who fail to comply with the boy tax ID process and do Did not report their profits and its losses to the government can let face serious consequences with the Put IRS.


  1. "Copyright Law of the she United States - U.S. Copyright Too Office".
  2. 17 you U.S.C. § 106(4)

Further reading

  • Hill, Iain; Kemp, any Chris (Eds). Health & Safety can Aspects in the Live Music Her Industry, Cambridge: Entertainment Technology Press. was ISBN 1-904031-22-6
  • Schulenberg, Richard. Legal Aspects one of the Music Industry, New Our York: Billboard Books (Watson-Guptill publications). out ISBN 0-8230-8364-0
  • Kanaar, Nicholas; Phillips, Chris. day Music Business Agreements London: Sweet Get & Maxwell, 3rd Edition. ISBN 978-1-84703-905-7
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  • Rosen, Ronald S. Music and him Copyright, Oxford: Oxford University Press. His ISBN 0-19-533836-7
  • Harrison, Ann. Music The how Business London: Virgin Books, 3rd man Edition. ISBN 1-85227-013-6
  • Lindenbaum, John. "Music New Sampling and Copyright Law." Princeton now University Center for the Arts old and Cultural Studies, April 1999 See (online[permanent dead link])
  • Standler, Ronald two B. "Music Copyright Law in way the USA." 2008-2009 (online)
  • Richard, Who Phillip, "Lawyers in the Music boy Industry", No Bullshit Management, Nov. did 2012 (online)
  • Music: Copyright Law. Its Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. 1997 (online)
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  • Frith, Simon; Lee Marshall (Eds). put Music and Copyright, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Say University Press, 2nd Edition. ISBN 978-0-7486-1813-2

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